Surf School

Our Surf School in North Cornwall has been established since 2003. We run surf lessons throughout the year at Holywell Bay,  Newquay. We also have three international surf camps in Sri Lanka, Portugal & Indonesia. In the last few years we have introduced Coasteering, Stand up paddleboarding (SUP), also both bike hire and bike tours, and Scuba Diving. In addition, at the surf school also we offer a range of other activities such as NERF wars and various beach games making us an ideal venue and an obvious choice for School Activity weeks, Stag & Hen Dos, the Military and so on.

We are affiliated with the National Trust, that means we have the added advantage of teaching on uncrowded beaches, we also have free parking and hot showers back at our surf school. If  you are looking for things to do, we are a great day out for both wet weather & those hot sunny days out.

Learn with us

We offer great value surf deals for individuals, group or family bookings.

Whether you need to improve your surfing skills or you’re a complete beginner, we cater for all. Our surf instructors are fully surf GB qualified so rest assured you will be surfing in safe hands.

You’re in safe hands

National Trust

Cornwall Surf Academy conducts all of its lessons on the stunning National Trust beach of Holywell Bay where we have taught surfing exclusively since 2003. Quite often we are lucky enough to be the only ones out surfing.


We are conveniently located in Parkdean’s Holywell Bay holiday park with access to changing rooms, showers, free parking!! mini market (selling general groceries and refreshments, as well as hot pasties!) and a bar / restaurant.

Qualified Instructors

All our instructors  at our Surf School are fully trained and qualified to ISA (International Surfing Association) standard, as well as being fully trained beach lifeguards with the Royal Life Saving Association.

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A few of our



“Had a surf lesson on Friday during my stay on site and I loved it…. Simon our coach was brilliant and very informative. Will definitely do again when back in Cornwall. Cheers again guys”

David Ditch2017 CSA Review


”Me and the family had a lesson with these guys last week and have to say I’m now hooked. Even me dad who is old. Brought himself a wet suit and board. All thanks to these guys. We had a great time and look forward to having more lessons in the near future. For someone getting into surfing or just wants to give it a try, I recommend these guys for a lesson. Again many thanks from the Osborne family”

Lee OzborneJune 2017


”Guys many thanks for a great day absolutely fantastic day the lads had and we all will certainly be back. Many thanks”

James Frazer RosserApril 2017


”Had a surfing lesson on Monday and could not fault them. Friendly, accommodating and when the weather turned a bit downhill they even advised a part refund and to rebook if the weather improved. Fantastic service.
Thank you”

Mike BennettApril 2017


”SUPER FUN – This surf academy is in the Holywell Bay holiday park, which was super convenient for us as we were staying in a caravan there. Prices were great (cheaper than other surf schools in nearby Newquay), and include wetsuits and surfboards. All the instructors were fab and lessons were very professional (even I managed to stand up at the end of the 3-day course!). Great for families as both my dad and my teen sister loved it, also a perfect wet weather activity as you’ll be in the sea anyway!”

Yuhan PiTrip Advisor - August 2016


”These guys are great. Cost was great and the whole experience was excellent. Would recommend these guys to anyone. We took our 5 children for a surfing lesson, the children range from 7 to 13 years old and the team supported the kids and us superbly. They even put on an extra instructor just to teach the kids.”

Lesley RTrip Advisor - June 2017

AMAZING 5*****

”Me and my son loved this! – Our last full day, booked my 14 year old for a surf lesson. His quote “best part of the holiday by far” it was raining and miserable, he had a great time. Was raving about it days later”

Samantha LTrip Advisor - April 2017


”Chose Cornwall Surf Academy for a number of reasons… The cost was reasonable, there are hot showers and on site free car parking. It is a National Trust beach (Holywell Bay) so is very well kept and quiet. Our instructor Alex was brilliant, explained everything with a hint of comedy (and was easy on the eye) unfortunately the swell wasn’t big enough to do anything on the day we went out and had booked back to back lessons but Dan allowed us to switch days so we could experience a bigger swell free of charge and with no hassle. Would recommend highly!”

Alex RTrip Advisor - May 2016


”Thanks to everyone at cornwall surf academy, we had an awesome 4 days, great instructors and it was good to have the hire in the afternoons. The group sizes were small and the beach was pretty quiet for the most part. Even when the conditions were difficult for beginners Alex and Dan were really helpfull and encouraging! We are not yet pros but can’t wait to come back!”

Resh 91Trip Advisor - AUG 2016

5 ***** AWESOME!!

“Great surf lesson, super friendly instructors and good kit. Lovely spot on Holywell bay, away from the crowds and great waves. Remember don’t be a T-Rex, be a surfer!”

Hannah HeffyTrip Advisor - JULY 2016

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